This week's free song is "Spitsbergen 2", a 40th Dimension "Crop Report" era B-Side that originally appeared on the "Zip It" 12" single and is featured on the forthcoming album "Karma Response Unit's B-Sides (2000-2010)", dropping in April.
Trae Tha Truth in The Source, Black Men and Urban Ink
I wanted to share this feature from the March issue of The Source with you all in the spirit of maintaining Trae's current level of visibility. You can also see him in the current issues of both Black Men and Urban Ink and he continues to flood the streets with great music.
Below you can download his song, I Am Tha Streets ft. Rick Ross, Game and Lloyd; another taste from Trae's highly anticipated album, Tha Truth (ABN Entertainment/Fontana/Universal) set to drop this Summer. Rick Ross also featured this cut on his recent mixtape, The Timeless Audemars Piguet Collection.
Also below are several cuts from various DJ-hosted mixtapes that Trae continues to drop until his album releases. Next up will the release of the video for Trae's single, Inkredible ft. Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, which was shot in Miami during Wayne's pre-incarceration video shooting marathon.
So i been talkin' about "12 Step Program" for months... and finally, i got some good and definitive news about its release! The album will drop on Raw Poetic's b-day, May 4th! It'll be available through all the major digital music retailers AND for those who have been wondering about its' release on CD & Vinyl, thats where Kickstarter comes in...
After a lot of time contemplating our options for the funding and release of "12 Step Program", we decided to take the new-media approach with it and have the FANS assist in bringing this album to physical fruition! So basically, its like pre-ordering the album, while also having a hand in its actual manufacturing! We have done the indie and major label routes, and feel no one knows us better, other than ourselves, than YOU- our fans! That said, i hope you all will help us raise the funds necessary to bring 12 Step to the masses as myself and Raw P have really created what we feel is our best work YET, and feel using this method is very progressive (though risky), just like our music!
You can either choose to start trends or follow them, and we have always blazed our own trail! Hopefully you all will join us in helping us keep the Panacea Phoenix burning... CLICK HERE (or the widget below) to read more info about this endeavor & support it! Also, please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Anyone who listens to my music and/or has read the brief bio on the righthand-side of this blog, knows i LOVE video games! Truth be told, i been gaming since i was 5... and that was 25 years ago! I'm actually mad its taken this long for me to post more video game related stuff up on my blog as i know many of you all who follow it, are gamers too! And if you ARE a gamer and been experiencing the "Snowpocalypse" that's ravaged the East Coast of the United States the last few weeks, then like me, you probably have had LOTS of time to play some games! Off the top, there's been 2 i have been totally engulfed in since the new year commenced...
First off is the sequel to one of my favorite RPGS of all-time... "Mass Effect". I admittedly slept-on ME for 2 years till i found it last year for $15 in a bargain bin at Walmart, and within 3 weeks, i had saved the galaxy from Saren! The sequel which dropped late last month is even better and fixes a lot of issues i had with the original- like the lack of a cover system in battle and scaled down planet exploration. I could go on and on about its dopeness, but take it from someone who has played any & EVERY RPG imaginable; From the good (Final Fantasy 7) to the bad (Saga Frontier) to the UGLY (Beyond the Beyond)... ME2 = "MCS" (aka a "Must Cop Situation"). My only advice to those who aren't used to the tedium of most RPGS, is be prepared for TONS of dialogue! Its not too big a worry though, as Bioware did a great job balancing the game out with a lot more action than its predecessor!
2nd and most recently, is Quantic Dream's "Heavy Rain" which dropped just this past Tuesday (2/23). I can't say too much about the game as i dont wanna spoil anything, but i WILL say graphically i was blown away and the story itself is engrossing to the point i didnt get much music work done this week due to me incessantly playing through it! Not to mention, theres even enough "twists" in this game to impress M. Night Shyamalan himself! Again, another "MCS", and a sign that PS3 is ready to duke it out with Microsoft in 2010 for top console honors! So far, its definitely a HOT start to whats been a COLD-ass winter!
Don Cusack Star Sits Down For Interview, Speaks On New Album, Tanya Morgan, The Power Of Social Networks, And More
Continuing the push for his upcoming solo debut Don Cusack In High Fidelity, Donwill of Tanya Morgan recently sat down with popular internet radio site Last.fm to talk about his upcoming album, his group efforts with Tanya Morgan, the importance of properly utilizing social media networks as an artist, and more. Opening the interview, Donwill offers insight on the relationship that has developed between Von Pea, Ilyas, and himself over the years. Having been together since 2006, Donwill explains the camaraderie and support system the three have built, even with friendly competition, saying, "Now that we have this total creative autonomy and space, we want to make sure to be pretty sensitive of the fact that we need each other at this point." Back to his own music, Donwill wants people to understand the title, Don Cusack In High Fidelity, is more than just a title, it points to the theme ingrained throughout the entire album and the cult-classic film High Fidelity from which the album pulls inspiration. While some video content from the album in the future may stray slightly thematically in comparison to Don's already released video for "Laura's Song," he plans to keep the High Fidelity theme incorporated in all of the album's visual elements, as he prepares to release new videos in the near future. While Donwill covers his own career and upcoming projects throughout the interview, Donwill closes the interview offering advice for fellow artists as they engage fans and friends through social media. As an active member himself on social networks including Twitter and Facebook, closing the interview, Donwill speaks on the importance not only in being active on social networks, but how to best utilize social networks to reach and interact with friends and followers online.
Donwill's debut solo album Don Cusack In High Fidelity drops March 23, 2010, via Interdependent Media.
Be sure to check out Tanya Morgan live in a city near you soon, as they embark on the 12-date High Fidelity Tour with supporting act Kooley High: 2.25 - Washington, DC - Bohemian Caverns 2.26 - Raleigh, NC - The Pour House 2.27 - Williamsburg, VA - College of William & Mary 3.02 - Atlanta, GA - The Apache Cafe 3.03 - Asheville, NC - Emerald Lounge 3.04 - Pittsburgh, PA - Shadow Lounge 3.05 - Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel 3.06 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean (w/ Blu & Exile)
Donwill is one-third of hip-hop group Tanya Morgan, formed in 2003, who recently released their third full-length album Brooklynati in 2009. With the high praise from Rolling Stone and Time Out New York that Brooklynati garnered,Donwill is now ready to release his own album, Don Cusack in High Fidelity on March 23rd, 2010. The maxi-single of "Laura's Song," complete with the album version, radio edit, instrumental and a couple of remixes is now available for purchase on iTunes. The album will be released by Bay Area label Interdependent Media.
About Interdependent Media:
Founded in 2006 in the Bay Area by Evan Phillips, Interdependent Media has built unique strengths in the development, production, and marketing of recorded music via new methods of marketing and promotion. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and emerging methods of marketing, iM has successfully created multi-faceted methods of raising awareness and interest in their projects. Industry veterans Ian "ID" Davis and Dominic Del Bene head operations at iM and are credited with discovering and/or developing artists such as 9th Wonder, Little Brother, Tanya Morgan, Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Hieroglyphics and more. In 2010, iM will be releasing multi-media projects from artists Donwill, TRUTHLiVE, Canibus, Von Pea, A-Plus, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.imculture.com .
Free Download: The Residents (Muneshine & Saint) "Open House"
In 2009, Super Producers/Emcees Muneshine and Saint collaborated together to make the group The Residents. Muneshine hailing from Toronto, Canada and Saint representing Long Island, New York, finally finished their anticipated album "Open House" which has been in talks for years. Between the duo, they have produced for and worked with many hip hop heavyweights such as Pete Rock, DJ Spinna, Sean Price, El Da Sensei, J-Live, Wordsworth, Mr. Man (Da Bush Babees), YZ, Stic Man (Dead Prez), Grap Luva, Nature and Kool Kim (UMC’s) to name a few. They collectively have sold over 30,000 records worldwide with groups like Phocus, Lightheaded, The Good People and have also found much success in individual solo careers.
The album "Open House" originally released in Japan in late 2009 finally hits the United States and other parts of the world to show what the hype has been about in the Japanese region for free download. Both known for their jazz/soul influenced productions accompanied with head nodding boom bap drums, "Open House" once again does not disappoint. The album mostly produced by Muneshine and Saint with other production by Illmind and Canadian Producer Envoy is a must have in any true school hip hop listeners collection. Along for the ride on the DJ side are the talented DJ Sonik and the world famous Rob Swift of the X-Ecutioners. The album also features guest appearances by Cadence (Raw Produce), Edo G., Dminor, Ohmega Watts, Understanding, Shad K and Shaunise.
Tracklisting: 1. Intro 2. Something Like feat. Rob Swift 3. Do Your Thing 4. Starting Monday 5. Nocturnal 6. Beneath the Surface 7. Here to Therefeat. Understanding 8. Forever Tonight 9. Veterans feat. Edo G. 10. Keys to Life feat. Cadence & Dminor 11. Anybody 12. Love of My Night 13. Reach feat. Ohmega Watts 14. Diss One 15. What We've Got feat. Shuanise & Shad K.